- Feb 21, 2020
The Russian Orthodox church warned Friday that it would sever ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community if he grants autonomy to Ukraine’s Orthodox church.
Russian hackers infiltrated the email inboxes of Orthodox, Catholic, and other religious leaders connected to Ukraine amid conflict between Kyiv and Moscow over Ukraine’s political and religious independence.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, presumably had several reasons for skipping last Saturday’s ecumenical gathering in Bari hosted by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis will be in the Italian city of Bari on Saturday, hosting an ecumenical prayer for peace in the Middle East.
Patriarch Bartholomew speaks about his relationship with Pope Francis and their mutual concern for protecting the environment and promoting a Christian understanding of ecology.
Pope Francis has written a letter to Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, praising him for his work on the environment.